Bridgette Jones  

150 local ladies, and a few brave men including X Factors Marcus Collins, took to the red carpet  at the Odeon Cinema Liverpool One for the eagerly awaited Bridgette Jones’ Baby on Friday  at a charity screening lunch in aid of Radio  City’s Cash for Kids.


The event, hosted by Radio City’s Claire Simmo saw Bridgette’s loyal fans tread the red carpet premiere screening at the Odeon Cinema in Liverpool One, where guests were treated to a drink on arrival and a  bag of popcorn before taking their seats to be the first in the region to see the movie.



After the movie guests made their way to the Hilton Hotel, Liverpool One,  where guests were welcomed with an arrival drink before enjoying a three course lunch with entertainment from Victoria Sharpe, who performed a rousing rendition of ‘All by myself’ from the original soundtrack.   Guests then made their way through to the PIMA Bar, where they ‘wet the baby’s head’ with the help DJ to keep the party going in the Hilton’s PIMA Bar.



The event was, organised by Carolyn Hughes, CHPR, in association with Radio City’s Cash for Kids and supported by Barclays ,and Carolyn Hughes said “We feel that we have been with Bridgette throughout her life, so it seemed only right that we should all be here to support her at this stage of her life as well.  She might have grown up a little and become a parent, but her charm and vulnerability is still there, along with the humour.  It is a great way to watch the movie and raise much-needed funds for Radio City’s Cash for Kids”.









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Posted by on 22/09/2016 in Uncategorized


Why use a franchise consultant when franchising your business?


Franchising is not something that can be learnt overnight and so when deciding to franchise your business, you will require the services of a Franchise Consultant.

The Franchise Consultant will use their experience to help you build a sustainable franchise model and will navigate you through each step of the franchising journey.

Developing a successful franchise business requires you to satisfy a number of key criteria such as :

  • Have you proven and piloted your concept already?
  • Do the figures add up?
  • Can the business be copied?
  • Does the business have longevity?

Franchising your business also requires you to transform and document your business into a series of organised systems and procedures that can be replicated by others, as well as the implementation of strong training and support system that will ensure your franchisees follow your system and maintain brand standard.

No business can afford to miss out any of the important steps of developing their franchise model so it’s right first time! It is therefore very important that you receive sound advice and guidance from an experienced franchise consultant from the outset, to firstly establish if franchising your business is the right decision for you, and if so, how best to structure and develop your franchise proposition in order to avoid any costly mistakes further down the line.

Franchising is a great way to grow and expand your business. However, the business does have to be right for franchising.

Mercury Franchise Consultants will evaluate if your business is suitable to franchise by looking at 3 key areas:

  • Is your business model proven? Has your business been trading and making a profit for at least 12 months?
  • is your business model transferable? Can your business be operated in other regions successfully?
  • Can the business be taught? Can you teach somebody else to operate the franchise business to your standards?

Want to know more? Contact Mercury Franchise Consultants




CONFIDENCE that will never leave YOU!

Big thank you to our guest blogger Jonita Dsouza


Jonita is an intuitive coach working for elevated female consciousness. She works with women to help them balance their masculine and feminine energies in order to live a purpose-driven life and also give back to the society.

There are plenty of articles and advice online talking about what to do to become confident. I am not here for that. I am here to tell you that this one bold act can make you feel confident in the way you live your life, make life’s decisions and even present yourself to the people around you. This is also one of the vital feminine principles that I assist women with in my business – Exploring Femininity .

Self doubt and self sabotage are the key reasons that can make you feel under confident. Think about it and be honest with yourself.. what do you feel is making you believe that you are not confident?

How can you change this belief pattern?

By taking the bold act of trusting yourself! Yes, you heard me right!! SELF-TRUST is the secret to achieving the level of confidence that will never leave you!

Compare the outcomes of those decisions and choices that you’ve made in your lives when you doubted yourself, listened to others’ opinion and ignored your gut feelings or let fear and your emotions confuse you. In the end you didn’t feel good anyways, isn’t it!

This is very important for women entrepreneurs like us! As we grow our business, there will always be several opportunities for us that will stretch us beyond our comfort zones. These are the moments when fear, self-doubt and under confidence can kick in and I want to rest assure you that it is pretty natural.

This is the reason that we should learn to intentionally practice building our SELF-TRUST muscle like any other business or life skill.

By not trusting ourselves we can foster unnecessary sufferings and wasted time.

When we begin to trust ourselves, we begin to feel more confident in making life’s decisions and even putting our self out there in the unknown. Things can still be tough, rough and challenging; however, at least we will not regret taking the risk. If you have taken the leap of faith in starting your own business then I am sure you know what I mean!

Although building this SELF-TRUST muscle is a constant practice, here are my 3 simple steps to begin with –

  1. ACCEPT that you feel under confident. Make a list of things that make you feel under confident.
  2. FORGIVE yourself! You always do the best that you can at any given moment even if it ends up in a mess. So forgive yourself for being harsh on yourself. I like to repeat the Hawaiian Ho’oponono Prayer.
  3. AFFIRM – always remind yourself of the self-trust that you are building in yourself. Keep your thoughts compassionate towards yourself. Afterall our thoughts creates our reality. I like using the below Feminine Womantra.

Let me leave you with my 2 personal secrets that allows me to feel confident in a given situation –

  1. I always tune in to my gut feelings every time I am in a confidence crossroads and not what my thoughts and beliefs are trying to persuade me with.
  2. I choose Love over Fear. Fear will always exist but when we invite Love in our hearts, the natural state of confidence automatically seeps in.

In closing I would like to say that you already have in you what you are longing for. You just have to start trusting yourself and you will reach this level of confidence that will never leave you.

You can find out more about me at





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Posted by on 11/04/2016 in Uncategorized


Support The Breakout





The girls from UCLAN are taking part in BREAK OUT

The aim of BREAK OUT is simple, they have 30hrs to get as far away from Preston where they attend University, without spending their own money.

WHY? to raise money and awareness for the charity Barnardo’s.

Listen in to their BBC Radio Lancashire interview

meg and emma

Follow the girls on twitter at @Meganemmabreak


Get behind them, support the girls here

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Posted by on 07/03/2016 in Uncategorized


Not how I normally do home-made soup

We often get asked to review products and we really enjoy doing them. However I never expected to be doing a review this way.

This was a great opportunity to test these products and  I wanted to prove with pictures the results. I apologise in advance if you are squeamish so be prepared.

While I was liquidizing home-made soup the pan slipped from my hand causing boiling soup to pour over my right arm and down my body. I was very lucky that I had a thick jumper and layers on which protected my body, but I wasn’t so lucky with my arm. I quickly ran my arm under the cold running tap and left it there for a good 10 minutes then commenced wiping up the mess.

By the time I had finished cleaning, my arm was very painful and I could feel the burning. I placed it again under cold running water, patted it dry and smothered it in Aloe Vera Gelly  you can see from this picture it’s already started to blister.


Within 30 minutes it was obvious I needed to get it checked out. So off to A & E I went returning with a well-padded bandage and told I needed the dressing changed daily.

This was an ideal opportunity to use the products from Forever Living. I have taken pictures each time and documented the change let’s see the results.

Day 1

Applied lashings amount of Aloe Vera Gelly before heading off to A & E returned with a heavily padded dressing and told it needs changing every day. You can see already how nasty the burn is looking.


Day 2

Dressing changed by the practice nurse . The burn is very painful.  Applied Aloe First to the wound to clean followed by Aloe Vera Gelly then redressed. I have also been drinking Aloe Vera Gel drink and increased the amount to 120mls twice a day.

Day 3

Dressing changed, The burn is really painful. Drank 220mls of Aloe Vera Gel, chewed 2 Bee Pollen tablets, applied Aloe First then Aloe Gelly before reapplying the dressings. The wound is weeping heavily today and I am feeling drained. The Bee pollen is really helping me keep up my energy and stopping me feeling so tired. The Aloe Gelly is helping to take the burning sensation away and defiantly helping with pain.

Day 4

Dressing changed , Drank 220mls of Aloe Gel, 2 Bee Pollen tablets chewed, applied Aloe Gelly then re bandaged. The blisters are very big and still weeping. The Aloe Gelly is helping to stop the dressing sticking to the wound and the itching.  The Bee Pollen is really helping with my energy levels. Not much pain today.

Day 5

Applied Aloe Gelly before redressing, Drank 220mls of Aloe Gel and chewed 2 Bee Pollen tablets. I can can see already the improvement in the wound. The blisters have decreased, the wound is very clean and still weeping slightly. Notice I have not taken any pain relief, the products I am using is sufficient.


Day 6

Dressing changed, look at the changes already, the wound is not weeping.  Aloe First applied before applying Aloe Gelly and clean dressings. Drank 220mils of Aloe Gel and chewed 2 Bee Pollen tablets.  

Day 7

Dressing changed I can really see a big improvement in the wound the blistering is clearing, the new skin is replacing the dead skin. Today if feels itchy so I have applied Aloe Gel and Propolis Cream to the wound. Still drinking the Aloe Gel drink.

Day 8 – Day 11

I am still carrying on with the dressing to keep the wound dry and clean but look at the improvement.


new skin is forming over the wound. I continue to apply Aloe Gel and Propolis Cream morning and evening which is helping moisturize the skin and take away the redness.

Day 12 – Day 28

I have been drinking the Aloe Gel drink, applying Aloe Gelly and Propolis Cream morning and night. The result is amazing.


I will carry on applying the Aloe Gelly, the Propolis Cream and drinking the Aloe Gel drink because I know that these products have really helped my recovery. This is a personal account of my recovery and each person may recover differently. However I can honestly say that I am so impressed with these products and can highly recommend them.

For more information regarding these products click on the links

Aloe First   Bee Pollen  Propolis Cream

Aloe Gelly  Aloe Gel Drink

All pictures have been taken on my mobile phone and the products used are from Forever Living and can be found by clicking the links above. I am still using the products because I can see the mark on my skin fading, I do not have any burn scar.

If you would like us to product test for you contact us




Lets get happy

Recently I was invited along to review The Happiness Club Workshop in Chester. I really didn’t know what to expect and was thinking it was just a morning of jokes and laughter.

The Venue was the Madhatters Tea Room and although a very nice place, I didn’t feel it was right for a workshop of this type.

The workshop is run by Jo Hawarth and you can see from the start why she is suited to such a role. I was drawn to her energy immediately, what a ray of sunshine she is. So full of energy and positive radiance that most certainly rubs off on everyone. I came away thinking I had known her for years.


The thought of being happy to me is not having any worries and enjoying life to the full, but actually Jo opened up my eyes to much more. Jo teaches you about your happiness ‘set point’, about taking responsibility, making assumptions and how to let all that negative stuff go.

If you are thinking about going along to this workshop then do and go with an open mind, be prepared to join in and participate in the activities. Jo really gets you thinking about your actions, your thoughts and your responsibilities not only to yourself but others.

The workshop is suited for personal or business goals and our group was a mix of men and women.

What Jo is doing is amazing, if she can teach more people to be happy this world would be a much better place. Jo will be on our panel at our Inspire Women Conference on June 18th so why not come along and meet her

Well done Jo I fully enjoyed it and will definitely return for other workshops. b-410124-people_happy_Check out Jo’s workshops here


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Posted by on 17/05/2015 in Uncategorized


Wedding Planning Saving Tips

By Sam Keepence from Event Emporium


Money Saving Tips

Warning! Weddings are expensive!

Just the word ‘WEDDING’ can conjure up a huge price tag. Fortunately, there are many money-saving ideas that can slash the cost of your Dream Day.

Here’s my Top Five Tips.

1- The Date

Getting married outside of Peak Season is the difference between settling for an ‘It’s Ok’ venue in July to getting your perfect venue in November. You have more negotiating power when there’s less competition for dates. Tying the knot out of season in November or from January to March (excluding Valentine’s Day) will save £££’s!

Further savings are to be had if you get wed on any day other than Saturday. Ask about midweek, Friday & Sunday rates, but remember to factor in that the registrar may charge more on a Sunday.

2- Narrow down your Guest List.

The fewer people you invite, the fewer you have to feed, the fewer invitations you need to buy….. The list goes on!

Think very carefully about your guest list, Remember you’re not obligated to invite all your work colleagues or let single people bring plus ones. If your ceremony and wedding breakfast is only attended by close friends and family it’s unlikely that you’ll have to scrimp on the overall experience.

3- Make some cuts to your catering

If you don’t want to trim people from your wedding think about trimming down your menu.

Catering costs always take a huge chunk of your budget. Think about serving two courses instead of three and using your cake for its intended purpose…



Dessert! DO have your amazing designer cake but a smaller version, keep a plain frosted slab cake in the kitchen to serve……No one will know!

Think outside the box and take the road less travelled by feeding your guests in a quirky way. For Winter Weddings a Soup Bar serving a variety of soups and baskets of crusty bread with a Hot Chocolate Station instead of dessert is perfect. For Summer Weddings you could have picnic hampers on the tables instead of centerpieces.

Every bride wants their tables to look fabulous but if they can look fabulous AND serve a purpose even better! There’s a wide range of edible centerpieces available from vintage tiered cake

stands to cupcake towers to cookie and sweetie trees.

4- The Gift List

The tradition of giving wedding gifts originates from times when marriage signalled the beginning of setting up the new marital home. It was usual for friends and relatives to contribute furniture, kitchen ware or money to help the newlyweds who were starting from scratch. Nowadays things have radically changed. Around 80% of couples live together before marriage. The biggest cost of getting married today is no longer setting up home but the wedding day itself!

Don’t be afraid to scrap the gift list and ask for money instead. If you prefer to soften it a little ask guests to donate to your ‘Honeymoon’ fund instead.


5- Talented Friends & Family

Is your best friend’s friend a musician or budding DJ? Has your sister got perfect handwriting? Use the skills of your nearest and dearest in lieu of a wedding gift.

Anything you can make yourself or with friends and family will save a lot and make your big day much more personal.

Weddings are about creating a memorable occasion to celebrate the beginning of your marriage. Remember, everything is optional.

By cutting invisible money saving corners you can have your wonderful fairytale day without breaking the bank.

Sam will be available to offer advice at Chester’s next wedding fayre organised by The Event Emporium





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Posted by on 07/02/2015 in brides, weddings

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